Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Cape Town
By Bianca Bunge.
South Africa has definitely earned itself some cool Instagram cred by claiming the title of 5th most Instagrammable country in the world, with the beautiful and bold Mother City leading the charge and staking her claim to the South African Instagram throne. And she’s wearing her crown and proclaiming her top Insta-worthy status loud and proud, that’s for sure! Boasting an endless array of iconic landmarks, several glorious natural wonders, a treasure chest of hidden gems and best kept secrets and some of the most picturesque coastlines in the world, and not to mention a diverse cultural heritage and a vibrant art, music and food scene all waiting to be explored! With so many spectacular sites to see, all unique and exciting in their own way, how can you not want to showcase every street corner, mountain top or beachfront spot on your Instagram feed? But don’t you fear, we’re here to help raise your Cape Town Instagram game and rake in those double taps with our list of the top 10 most Insta-worthy spots in Cape Town. But which Cape Town gem will claim the Insta crown, only one way to find out! Let the countdown to the most Instagrammable spot in Cape Town begin!
10. Boulder’s Beach: #bouldersbeach – 104K posts!
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Posing with the coolest kids on the Cape Town block is sure to earn you some major Instagram love and tons of double taps, because let’s be honest, how can it not? Cuteness factor – check! One of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches in the background – check! Getting to kick it with the true Cape Town cool kids, the African Penguins in one of the only places in the world where you can actually get up-close-and-personal with these ocean cuties – absolutely priceless! Yeah, we’re all about the Cape Town African Penguin love. It really isn’t hard to understand why the charismatic and cool Boulders Beach, together with its thriving African Penguin colony, is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cape Town. Whether you’ve been there ten times or two, seeing these cool Cape Town locals living it up in their natural habitat will manage to put a big ol’ goofy grin on your face and steal your heart all the same. Besides a vibrant and thriving African Penguin colony who have claimed Boulders Beach as their own, this beachy Mother City gem located just past Simons Town has certainly stolen our hearts in more ways than one and it’s bound to steal yours too. Boasting giant granite boulders, a sheltered bay and a magical vibe that’s hard to explain, Boulders Beach has not only proudly positioned itself as one of Cape Town’s most Instagrammable spots, but one of its most beautiful must-visit beaches by locals and travellers alike. And we’re here to make sure you pay it a visit too, but in the coolest Kiff Kombi way of course! Our exciting and adventure-filled tour experiences will not only ensure you get that coveted Insta-worthy African Penguin selfie shot but have tons of fun exploring some of the Cape Peninsula’s most beautiful and sought-after destinations. The Road Trip Tour is an epic road-tripping adventure where you get to explore spectacular sites like Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Buffels Bay, Kalk Bay (boasting a population of charismatic Cape Fur Seals), and of course Boulders Beach for some epic African Penguin snapshots, selfies and stunning photographs and a dip in the ocean with these tuxedo cuties too. In addition, our Penguins, Peninsula & Pinotage tour is definitely a fan-favourite Mother City experience for obvious reasons, it includes a few of Cape Town’s favourite things! While a visit to Hout Bay, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Kalk Bay, Boulders Beach and its thriving African Penguin colony and a Constantia wine tasting is on our jam-packed and excitement fuelled agenda, this cool Cape Town tour certainly includes a few stops at some of our favourite secret spots and hidden gems, thereby making it a truly unique and unforgettable experience! What are you waiting for, let’s get you that coveted, and super adorable if we may add, African Penguin shot!
9. Muizenberg Beach: #muizenbergbeach – 14.7K posts!
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Getting the perfect snapshot of the bold and beautiful colour display that is the Muizenberg beach retro wooden bathing boxes, also known as the Muizenberg Beach Huts, has fast become one of the most sought-after Cape Town photographs for all the wanderlust wanderers and globe trotters travelling to Cape Town. Thereby, without a doubt, making Muizenberg Beach one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cape Town, and with good reason too! Surf’s up, salty-hair and sandy-feet is Muizenberg to a T, and a visit to the beautiful crowd-pleasing Muizenberg Beach is definitely worth every second, and whether it’s the colour, charm and extra dash of retro cool that keeps people coming back for more, people just can’t get enough of this local fan-favourite spot! Besides its super Insta-worthy colourful beach huts, Muizenberg Beach is quite the stunner too, and its laid-back vibe and chilled-out approach to life is sure to charm its way right into your beach-loving-heart. Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner is also one of the top surfing hotspots in the Mother City, and one of the best places to learn how to surf for surfing first-timers, it is also regarded as one of Cape Town’s most beautiful blue-flag swimming beaches and is therefore known to attract quite the beach-loving crowd from all corners of the globe. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re young or young at heart, this cool Insta-worthy Cape Town gem will welcome you with open arms, because in Muizenberg it’s all about chilled vibes and good surfing times, and everyone is invited to join in on all the beachy fun it has to offer! Besides soaking up all the beach bliss and cool vibes of one of Cape Town’s most vibrant beaches, we think it’s about time you get your super Insta-worthy Muizenberg Beach Hut snapshot too! The Road Trip Tour and our epic Penguins, Peninsula & Pinotage tour experiences allows you to do just that and so much more as we pay a visit to some of Cape Town’s coolest and most celebrated destinations of which one is the famous Muizenberg Beach Huts. It promises to be tons of fun and filled with beauty and adventure and provide you with plenty of Insta-worthy photo opportunities along the way, and of course tons of epic and unforgettable moments too!
8. Yours Truly, Kloof Street: The most Insta-worthy Kloof Street spot!
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Yours Truly on Kloof Street really is every bit as cool as people say, this trendy Mother City spot has therefore not only earned itself a special place in our cool-café-loving-hearts, but claimed the number 8 spot on our top 10 most Instagrammable spots in Cape Town countdown too! An urban oasis and haven of cool on Kloof Street, Yours Truly is bound to catch your eye, heart and food-loving spirit all at the same time! While this super Insta-worthy Kloof Street café is certainly not all looks, it’s known to embrace the greener side of life with its unique leafy greenery surroundings and lush welcoming appearance that promises to capture your attention as soon as it comes into sight! And if you dare try and walk on by without popping in to say hi, you’ll be sure to regret it in a matter of seconds! Snapping a super cool Instagram snapshot at the famous Yours Truly entrance sign, as well as once you’re inside, has therefore fast become one of the top must-have Cape Town photo moment for anyone who visits the Mother City. Besides its trendy love-at-first-sight appearance that makes you fall head-over-heels wanting to snap a hundred and one photographs while you’re in its presence, Yours Truly is one Kloof Street gem that boasts way more than meets the eye. While it might be one of Cape Town’s coolest café’s by day, it transforms into a vibey beer garden by night and that’s really when Yours Truly comes out to play! And you’ll be right there soaking up every glorious second and cool beer garden vibe as you enjoy an evening under Jacaranda trees, immersed in Yours Truly greenery and admiring the Mother City moonlight and night sky in one of the trendiest hangouts in town. Yeah, we told you, Yours Truly certainly is the whole package! It therefore comes as no surprise that Yours Truly on Kloof Street has become one of Cape Town’s favourite hangout spots for locals and travellers alike, thereby earning it super cool Instagram cred and a prime spot on our Cape Town Insta-worthy countdown list! Dare we say we’re hooked on the Yours Truly charm and loving every second of it!
7. Old Biscuit Mill: #oldbiscuitmill – 17.6K posts!
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A visit to the Old Biscuit Mill, is not only somewhat of a Cape Town rite of passage but has become one of the Mother City’s top must-visit attractions. And not only for all the incredible treats, cool vibes and good Mill times it has to offer, but to capture that coveted Old Biscuit Mill Instagram-worthy snapshot that will make people go wild! Known as Cape Town’s very own capital of cool, the Old Biscuit Mill is thriving, thrilling and the real deal when it comes to its Insta-worthy cool cred. Known as the ultimate inner-city hub of art, design, food and all things unique and trendy, it’s no surprise that people flock to this cool Woodstock spot to enjoy just a second of that lekker Old Biscuit Mill vibe, oh, and to snap that perfect Instagram selfie or group pic with the famous Old Biscuit Mill background! Yeah, the Mill certainly has it all going on, and you certainly won’t regret a single second of jumping onto the Old Biscuit Mill bandwagon! Besides it’s hip and happening vibe and ability to real in the true trend-setters, cool-cats, forward-thinkers, worldly fashionistas, artistic souls, hipsters and business savvy cool kids from all corners of the globe, the Old Biscuit Mill is also at the forefront of the Cape Town market and food scene. Home to the Neighbourgoods Market, one of the biggest and coolest markets in Cape Town, boasting everything from breakfast fare to dumplings and gyros to craft beers, clothing stores, arts and crafts and artisan products, there really is something for everyone! Besides being at the very top of its market game, the Old Biscuit Mill has also established itself as an authentic and unlikely culinary hub right in the middle of downtown Woodstock, one of the trendiest neighbourhoods on the Cape Town block. It’s also home to some of the Mother City’s top restaurant heavy-hitters like The Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club and Saucisse Boutique Deli, to mention just a few. It’s therefore safe to say that this cool Insta-worthy spot is bound to steal any food lover’s heart! But don’t you dare forget about The Mill’s artistic side, the Old Biscuit Mill isn’t known as a mecca for local art and design for nothing, and you’ll have tons of fun exploring all the cool creative conquests and trendy shops and stops along the way! Besides all the cool and trendy things, the Old Biscuit Mill is known for, the building is also a vital piece of Cape Town’s architectural history and embraces its industrial roots loud and proud. Therefore, whether you choose to capture your cool coveted Biscuit Mill snapshot from the outside perspective or from inside, it promises to add it’s touch of Mill magic anyway!
6. Woodstock Street Art: #woodstockstreetart – 845 posts!
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Are you looking to take a walk on the Cape Town graffiti wild side? The hip, gritty and trendy trail-blazing neighbourhood of Woodstock is jam-packed with all the cool creative conquests and artistic graffiti expressions your street-art-loving soul desires. And the quest to capture the cool coveted Woodstock street art selfie is all the rage, and with good reason too, thereby undoubtedly making the Woodstock street art scene one of Cape Town’s coolest and most Insta-worthy spots! Cape Town has fast become one of the coolest creative hubs for graffiti artists from all around the world, with the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock loudly and proudly positioning itself right at the forefront of the Mother City’s street art scene. Boasting an array and creative display of street art as vibrant and diverse as the artists that created them, both local and international, there certainly is no putting a cap on this cool Cape Town spot’s creative spirits, and trust us, you wouldn’t want to either. Exploring Woodstock’s colourful side streets and cool street art scene has fast become of the most sought-after experiences for Cape Town locals and travellers alike, with everyone looking to catch a glimpse of Woodstock’s artistic expressions in action. And it doesn’t quite matter if you’re a die-hard art-lover at heart or merely enjoy a more subtle artistic approach to life, the vibrant Woodstock street art scene is bound to charm and wow you all the same! And we’re here to make sure it happens, but in the coolest and most unique way of course! Our Urban Safari is not only our flagship tour experience, but one of the coolest, vibiest and most authentic ways to explore Woodstock, the colour Bo-Kaap, District Six and Chapman’s Peak. But that’s not all, you also get to enjoy a visit to a cool local Craft Brewery, soak up the glorious ocean and mountain rage views while enjoying a wine tasting experience at arguably one of the most beautiful wineries in Cape Town AND savour every magical sunset second at our secret sundowner spot! Besides our Urban Safari experience, our Cape Town Sights & Bites tour not only gives you a truly unique touring experience and authentic perspective into the street art scene of Woodstock and District Six, but includes some delicious tasting experiences and authentic culinary pursuits at some of the Mother City’s most incredible and sought-after destinations. This unique touring experience not only allows you to see the beautiful Cape Peninsula in the coolest way, on board the kiffest van in Cape Town to the sound of vibey African beats but taste your way through it too! Now that’s what we call the perfect tour combo!
5. Table Mountain: #TableMountain – 958K posts!
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Whether you’re in the picture or not, if you didn’t capture a cool Insta-worthy snapshot of Table Mountain, did you even come to Cape Town? Table Mountain is one spectacular Cape Town landmark that’s known to capture any photographer’s eye, and whether it’s its tall-standing beauty, all-consuming presence or the fact that it’s one of the New7Wonders of Nature, you can’t help but want to snap a million and one photos of it anyway. And when you’re done, maybe a million more! Yes, it really is that incredible! So, whether you choose to be on-top, below or somewhere in between, capturing that coveted Insta-worthy snapshot with the gentle giant of the Cape Town skyline is bound to earn you some major Instagram love! And the fact that #TableMountain is the most popular location hashtag in the whole South Africa, we certainly wouldn’t expect anything less! It therefore comes as no surprise that Table Mountain is, and will always continue to be, one of Cape Town’s most Instagrammable spots and must-see landmarks. And while it’s never-to-be-doubted cool photo-worthy-status and always-on-fleek presence on every travel magazine, Instagram feed or travel blog feature is never to be questioned, neither is its specially allocated spot in every Capetonian’s Table-Mountain-loving-heart! Yes, in Cape Town we claim Table Mountain as our very own, and although we’ve got Mother Nature to thank for it, we don’t mind celebrating its presence and Cape Town location every chance we get! Besides its awe-inspiring beauty, Table Mountain is any nature lover and adventure enthusiast’s dream come true, and it’s only too keen to share its sense of wonder and thrill-seeking spirit with the world. And while witnessing this tall-standing mountainous giant in all its glory is a sight that will never cease to amaze you, hiking it promises to be an epic bucket-list worthy adventure you’ll never forget! And our Cape Town Guided Hikes will make sure of that! With one of our legendary and knowledgeable guides by your side you will not only get to witness and explore the beauty of Table Mountain like you never have before, but learn some cool mountain range, fauna and flora facts that are completely unique to Cape Town. With a choice between some of Table Mountain’s most scenic and thrilling hiking routes, Platteklip Gorge, India Venster and Skeleton Gorge through Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, this hiking adventure promises to be filled with plenty of spectacular sights, tons of fun and maybe even a few sweaty, out-of-breath minutes too, this is Table Mountain after all, and while it never said it would be easy, it will be oh so worth it! What are you waiting for? Let’s go Table Mountain hiking and tick one more thing off your Cape Town bucket-list!
4. Lion’s Head: #LionsHead – 399K posts!
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Whether you’re looking to snap the perfect Lions Head summit snapshot or capture its beauty from a far, seeing and exploring this Mother City mountainous gem is an absolute must for any Cape Town local or adventurous world traveller passing through. Our very own Cape Town Lion has created quite a reputation for itself and roaring it’s cool mountainous status as one of the top most Instagrammable spots in Cape Town loud and proud! While in the shadow of its triumphantly tall-standing mountain-range giant counterpart, Table Mountain, Lions Head has forged its own path and established itself as a leading contender of the Mother City skyline, and we couldn’t be prouder. And after witnessing the Cape Town sun rise or set from the coveted Lions Head vantage point, you’ll know exactly why it’s known as one of the best sunrise and sunset spots in the city too! Celebrated as a vital piece of Cape Town’s topography, Lions Head stands tall at 669 meters above sea level, with its peak offering the most spectacular panoramic views of the Mother City, Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Thereby offering photographers, Instagrammers and those looking to capture the perfect high-rise Cape Town moment the special opportunity to seize the scenic snapshot that’s sure to sweep Instagram and the rest of the world off their feet. Besides its stunning scenic beauty and sensational summit views, Lions head has become quite a trailblazer of the Cape Town hiking scene. Easily known as one of the most popular hiking trails in Cape Town, Lions Head is known to attract quite the crowd, with runners, scenic strollers and hiking enthusiast from all corners of the globe looking to experience Cape Town’s very own lion first hand! But there is no Lions Head hiking experience quite like the Kiff Kombi Cape Town Guided Hikes experience! Join one of our legendary, cool and super knowledgeable hiking guides for a Lions Head and Wally’s Cave sunrise, morning or sunset hike, yes, we did say Lions head is one of the best sunrise and sunset spots in the Mother City, and now it’s time to prove it to you too! And we can’t be more excited to showcase and show-off every glorious inch of our roaring Cape Town lion and its stunning summit Mother City perspective that stretches as far as the eye can see. Do you dare to take on The Lion on an unforgettable Cape Town hiking adventure? Let’s do it!
3. Babylonstoren: #babylonstoren – 48.8K posts!
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Wine tasting, Winelands exploring, and any-time-of-the-day wine drinking is by far one of Cape Town’s favourite past-times, and you can’t help but want to join in on all the wine-loving-fun the Mother City has going on! And the fact that the Western Cape is by far the largest, and certainly the most beautiful and unique, wine producing regions in Africa means that there are tons of spectacular Wine Farms to explore and ample sensational wine to taste, how lucky are we! And right at the forefront of it all is the glorious Wine Farm gem and super Insta-worthy Babylonstoren! Famous for its magnificent and magically lush 3.5-hectar garden that’s sure to sweep you right off your feet, don’t worry, it has that effect on all of us, the Babylonstoren gardens is without a doubt one of the most spectacular displays of Mother Nature in the most glorious way. But in true Cape Town style, this is definitely no ordinary garden, besides all it’s lush beauty, towering rose vines and organic veggies, it also boasts a super cool cactus patch! And yes, it is every bit as EPIC as it sounds! Dozens of hardy desert plants gathered together in a unique display of greenery, and whether it’s the super cool appearance or the fact that it captures your eyes and imagination in seconds, you absolutely cannot resist the Insta-worthy photo opportunity begging to happen, and you definitely shouldn’t! It’s therefore no surprise that this unique Cape Winelands gem is regarded as one of the most Instagrammable spots in South Africa, thereby proudly earning it our number 3 spot on our most Insta-worthy Cape Town destinations countdown! Situated in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren is certainly celebrated for more than its spectacular garden display, it also boasts some exceptional wine and incredible food and wine paring experiences. And our Splendour in the Winelands tour is sure to allow you to experience everything Babylonstoren has to offer in overload, and not to mention a visit to a few more of the Western Cape’s most sought-after wine valley destinations too! Including a 5-stop wine valley adventure through some of the most beautiful Wine Routes in the Cape, a cellar tour, wine tastings, food and wine pairing experiences and tons of wine valley exploring and Insta-worthy photo moments, this really is any wine lover’s dream come true! Plus, any day spent exploring the Cape Winelands is a good day, but with a touch of Kiff Kombi cool, it promises to be one to remember for all the right reasons!
2. Bo Kaap: #BoKaap – 87K posts!
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The colourful and culturally diverse neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap has captured the hearts of many with its charisma, charm, colour and vibrant energy, and it sure has swept the Insta-world of its feet too! Being one of Cape Town’s most Instagrammable spots, not only showcases its ability to attract locals and travellers from all around the world, but pays tribute to it’s captivating beauty, unique energy and authentic approach to life too! But besides its vibrant colours that line the steep cobble-stoned streets, Bo-Kaap is also one of Cape Town’s oldest neighbourhoods and its cultural background and rich history has played a major part in where it is today. Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, and formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves, these people were known as Cape Malays, thereby paying tribute to its name. And while Bo-Kaap is now known as the most colourful neighbourhood in the Cape, that wasn’t always the case. Dating back to its origins, all the houses were instructed to be white, when this rule was finally lifted and the ‘slaves’ themselves were eventually allowed to buy and own the properties themselves, they decided to paint them all vibrant bright colours as an expression of their freedom. And now we get to enjoy and revel in every glorious second of what they worked so hard to achieve, how lucky are we? Besides culture, history and a real authentic look at Cape Town behind the scenes, the cool colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap is also celebrated for it’s delicious and authentic Cape Malay cuisine! With so much to offer, how can you not want to explore Bo-Kaap’s colourful streets? We’ve therefore taken it upon ourselves to ensure that our flagship Urban Safari experience and Cape Town Sights & Bites tour not only includes a visit and behind the scenes look at the most colourful Cape Town neighbourhood of them all, but a range of other authentic experiences, exciting adventures, fun-filled escapades and scenic sights of some of the most beautiful and celebrated Mother City destinations and attractions there are, oh, and not to mention the few hidden gems and secret spots we have up our sleeves!
1.’The Rock’: AKA our secret sundowner hidden gem & #1 most Instagrammable Cape Town spot!
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They say there is no sunset quite like a Cape Town sunset, well, they might not say that, but we certainly do! And watching the Mother City sun go down at our secret sundowner spot is worth every single second of the hype and cool Instagram-worthy cred we’re giving it! Thereby topping our coveted countdown chart as our number 1 most Instagrammable spot in Cape Town is none other than, THE ROCK! And no, we’re not referring to Dwayne Johnson, it’s way cooler! The Mother City is known for her sherbet sunsets, lighting up the sunset sky in a glorious celebration of colours, and not only does it promise to capture your keen photographer’s eye, but your sunset-loving-heart too! This super Insta-worthy secret sunset spot allows you to celebrate and soak in the glorious Cape Town sunset in the coolest and most incredible way. Imagine enjoying a sundowner while chilling on some beautiful boulders of one of Cape Town’s most renowned and magnificent beaches, all while overlooking the spectacular Atlantic Ocean and striking Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, one of the Mother City’s most iconic landmarks and picturesque coastlines in the world, it’s a moment of pure Mother City sunset magic in every way! It gives us the chills just thinking about it, but before we give too much away, it is a secret after all, why not join us for one of our cool Kiff Kombi Tour experiences and see just what all they hype is about? Our epic flagship tour and fan-favourite Cape Town experience, the Urban Safari and our jam-packed Cape Town Sights & Bites tour will not only allow you to enjoy all the blissful and Insta-worthy sunset moments our secret sundowner spot has to offer, but take you on a thrilling adventure as we explore some of the Mother City’s most sought after destinations and beautiful attractions, as well as a few glorious hidden gems along the way in the absolute coolest way! Now that’s the ultimate, and coolest, Cape Town experience in every way!
By Bianca Bunge.